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Immigrants are crucial to Tampa economy, local expert says



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In 2012, President Barack Obama’s Administration protected children of undocumented immigrants from deportation through DACA. Seven states have since filed legal challenges, leaving Dreamers in limbo. TAMPA, Fla — Ten years ago, with a signature and a speech, former President Barack Obama gave certainty through an executive order to immigrants who came to the U.S. as children.

“They are Americans in their heart, in their minds, in every single way but one — on paper,” the former president said in 2012.

In 2017 that security became unclear and left dreamers with no path to citizenship.
“Essentially, nothing has changed, it’s still in effect, but nothing has been done to move forward with DACA,” said Steve Maggi, the founder of SMA Lawfirm in St. Petersburg. He said many people don’t realize how crucial immigrants are to the Tampa economy.“Thirty percent of Tampa Bay businesses are owned by immigrants, but only 17% of Tampa Bay residents are immigrants, which means they’re highly entrepreneurial, and they’re creating hundreds of thousands of jobs with the businesses they set up,” he said. RECOMMENDED: He said many Fortune 500 companies […]

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